Visiting Montreal: Saint Joseph’s Oratory, Basilica of Notre Dame, Notre Dame de Bon Secours and Cathedral Marie Reine du Monde (a replica of St. Peter’s in Rome) and other sites. A stay at Our Lady of the Cape: with its wonderful shrine, cloistered monastery, the miraculous statue of Our Lady and the beautiful grounds and scenery.
A visit to Trois Rivieres: the Ursuline Convent and old town. Quebec City: a magnificent walled city filled with French culture, history, Basilicas, and awe-inspiring Churches. We will also enjoy a laser and light show at the Cathedral of Quebec that you will never forget. Sainte Anne de Beaupre is next; the miraculous shrine dedicated to the mother of Mary.
You will be overwhelmed with the unparalleled ambiance of this very unique piece of French Catholic culture in North America. The rugged beauty of the mountains and forests, the waterfalls and majestic vistas of the St. Lawrence River will transport us into another land, with a culture more like Europe than America. We will also experience a marvelous boat ride on the St. Lawrence River. The cities of Montreal and Quebec are like no other places in the Western Hemisphere. The luxury of our hotels and the best of regional cuisine will only serve to complement the unexpected enjoyment of this pilgrimage, an adventure into the heart of early Catholic culture in French America.
Day One – Saturday – May 17, 2018
PM – We depart Tampa at 1:35 PM on Air Canada Flight 903, arriving in Toronto at 4:36 PM. Our connecting Flight is Air Canada Flight 422, departing for Montreal at 6:00 PM, and arriving at 7:11 PM, local time.
Upon arrival, we will be met at the airport by our escort and enjoy a wonderful glimpse of Montreal at Night from the Oratory of Saint Joseph. Afterward, we will proceed directly (15 minutes) to our Hotel. The Loews Hotel Vogue is located on the Rue de Montagne in Montreal’s center, a perfect location from which we can safely explore this charming city. Day Two – Sunday – May 18, 2003
AM – This morning after breakfast we will celebrate Mass at the Waterfront Chapel of Notre Dame de Bon Secours, originally built to house the statue of Our Lady of Good Hope. Afterward, we will enjoy a tour of the chapel and venerate the relic of Blessed Marguerite Bourgeoys, who brought the miraculous statue of Mary to Canada in 1657 (the statue was already 300 years old).
There is a very interesting museum there relating the history of Catholicism in French Canada and the life of Marguerite Bourgeoys. Afterward, we will have a guided tour of the Basilica of Notre Dame of Montreal, the oldest and grandest of the churches in Montreal.
PM – We will have lunch here in the old French Quarter at a very special restaurant (a favorite of Father Len’s) and enjoy some hours of shopping and site seeing and an opportunity to tour the Old French Section of the City. You will feel as though you have been transported back in time.
Day Three – Monday – May 19, 2003
AM – After breakfast, we will take a coach up on Mount Royal and have a tour of Saint Joseph’s Oratory, one of the most visited shrines in North America. We will celebrate Mass here at the tomb of Blessed Andre prior to lunch. There are many wonderful spiritual graces available at the Oratory that must be experienced in order to be understood.
One such grace is the awe-inspiring Votive Chapel, the largest in the world with rows upon rows of lighted candles, each representing the sincere aspirations and prayers of pilgrims like yourself, lifted up to the Throne of God through the intercession of St. Joseph, Patron of the Church.
This shrine is the largest and most grand in the world, dedicated to St. Joseph and a holy place of miracles and healing. The Oratory annually receives more than one million pilgrims. St. Joseph’s offers a very special gift shop filled with quality and handcrafted religious items not often found at other sites.
PM – For our lunch, we will visit the old suburb of Lachine, along the river at the rapids and enjoy the food and the scenery at any of the many quaint restaurants along the Boulevard Saint Joseph.
There are lots of shops and several places just to sit and watch the “world go by.” On our return to our hotel, we can stop at Rue Sherbrooke for anyone who would like to walk along its path to see the magnificent mansions and visit the myriad of shops before returning to our hotel on foot.
Day Four – Tuesday – May 20, 2003
Full Day – After breakfast we depart via coach toward Quebec along the Saint Lawrence River to the very special shrine of Our Lady of the Cape, about three hours drive. The shrine has a very comfortable retreat center where we will have dinner and spend the night. We will enjoy a tour of the Chapel, the convent and the very beautiful landscaped grounds surrounding the shrine, the Garden of the Rosary and the Garden of the Way of the Cross. We will also have an opportunity for relaxing and for shopping at the expansive and unique gift shop. We will celebrate Mass in the shrine Chapel.
Day Five – Wednesday – May 21, 2003
AM – After breakfast, we will depart for Quebec City, about another three hour’s drive. We will be stopping about mid-morning at the town of Trois Rivieres for a tour of the historic section and a visit to the Ursuline Convent, originating from the 17thCentury. We’ll have lunch in the old center of town.
PM –We expect to arrive at our hotel, the famous Chateau Frontenac, in Quebec City in the early afternoon. The Chateau Frontenac is considered the finest hotel in the Province of Quebec, if not all of Canada.
After a time for rest and an opportunity to explore this historic and luxurious Chateau hotel, we will wonder at the world-renowned laser-light show, displayed nightly very near our hotel and afterwards, we will dine together at a nearby restaurant serving the best of regional cuisine. Our hotel is centrally and ideally located for eating, exploring and shopping in this fabulous walled city!